Are you planning to visit Kon Tum (Vietnam Central Highlands, between Danang and Pleiku) soon? A private orphanage there needs your help. The orphanage is run by a group of adult brothers and sisters who were raised in the local Catholic orphanage and have devoted their lives to helping others. The family and children belong to various local minorities including Bahnar, Stieng and Jarai. Most (or perhaps still all) of the funding from the orphanage comes from private donations and the work the family does out int he fields.
The orphanage has 71 children at present. The local practice in the tribes, when a mother dies after childbirth, is to allow the baby to die as well and bury both together. A few of the children have been saved by the orphanage from this fate.
Ultimately the orphanage needs funding. One of their projects at the moment is to build a new schoolroom for studying and homework. They also welcome gifts of supplies. For more information, view my previous post with photos below. If you'd like to help them out, leave a post with your email address.